January 19th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Black Iraqis make Obama a model to follow

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/19/obama.black.iraqis/art.thijeel.cnn.jpg caption="Jalal Thiyab Thijeel quotes Barack Obama, saying it is time for change."]
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Their faces and darker skins make them look different. They are routinely called "slave" by the majority, whatever their profession. But Iraq's black population hopes that Barack Obama's rise to the White House will mark a turning point for minorities not just in the United States, but also in their country.

Jalal Thiyab Thijeel, general secretary of the "Movement of Free Iraqis," followed every detail of Obama's election campaign. "Inspiring," he calls it. Inspiring politically, and personally. Like Obama, Thijeel has family roots in Africa.

"We told our people, Inshalla, God willing, Obama is going to win, and if he wins, it will be a victory for all black people in the world," he recalls. "We're going to make him a model to follow. Even our old women were praying for him to win."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq
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  1. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    That is a pretty interesting story, I knew that there where blacks in Iraq as well as all over the world. Black is beautiful plain and simple and blacks have been the founders of the earth since Adam and Eve. But great story. People should know through out history africans were bought and sold not and sent to migrate all over this world, we started in Africa but we spread all over!

    January 19, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Perusing-through

    WHOA!!!. This Obama thing is spreading.

    January 19, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. KLM

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmm, I thought everybody was of color there so what's the difference if some are darker.....ok...I don't understand them calling someone a freaking slave because they're darker when all of them have color....

    January 19, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |